As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. In 2010 the California Professional Horsemen’s Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was awarded the USHJA President’s Distinguished Service Award. He is recognized as a legend in the sport. As a teacher and trainer, he is one of the most sought after clinicians in the country today. His talent for teaching goes back to his roots where he was fortunate enough to have been educated by some of the very best Master Instructors this country and the world have to offer. He served as the West Coastʼs associate Chef d’ Equip to George H. Morris, the former Chef d’ Equip of the United States Olympic Equestrian Team. After amassing over 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success. Currently, Bernie is the President and Founder of EquestrianCoach.com.
Caitlin is a lifelong horseman, raised on a horse farm in Northern California. She had success as a junior competitor in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. She put her riding career on hold to concentrate on her studies while at UC Berkeley. Upon graduation, however, horses were the focus once again when she took over the reins of her family training and boarding business. While married to Bernie, she enjoyed a brief but satisfying stint as an amateur competitor on the A circuit. For the last ten years Caitlin has been the chief editor, CFO and secretary for EquestrianCoach.com.
- “One of the 50 most influential horsemen of the Twentieth Century …” (The Chronicle of the Horse, 2000).
- The only rider to have ever won both a gold medal in eventing and a Tevis buckle in endurance.
- In 2006, Denny was inducted into the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the
- Dartmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame and of the Vermont Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
Denny Emerson, eventer, trainer, coach, author, leader, activist, has been a significant, influential force in the equestrian community for a half-century. Beginning with his first competition, the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School Gymkhana, at the age of 12, Denny has forged a career with horses which culminated in his receiving the both the USEA’s Wofford Cup for lifetime service to eventing, the American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP) Lifetime Achievement Award, induction in 2006 into the USEA Hall of Fame, and included leadership in such organizations as the USEA (twice president), the USET (vice-president of Eventing for seven years), the USEF (on the Executive Committee), and Chairman of the Breeder’s Committee of the AHSA.
Owner of and trainer at Pegasus Show Stables, Rancho Santa Fe, California. Mike has been in the equestrian industry for decades purchasing and training elite equine athletes and coaching clients. In addition, he has ridden and won at both National Grand Prix level and at the International level in World Cup competitions. He currently is the chef d’Equipe for the US Young Riders Team for the West Coast.
Tiffany Teeter has spent her life as a rider, trainer and judge. She has owned and ridden numerous national hunter and jumper champions. She counts many legendary horsemen among her friends, including such luminaries as George Morris. Tiffany has bought, trained and placed hundreds of Thoroughbred horses during her long career.
The youngest of three brothers, Alex began his riding career at the age of 17 when he came to the United States for a year off from school after graduating high school early. That year turned into a new life goal for Alex. Although he started his riding career late by industry standards, Alex showed a tremendous natural talent for the sport. He is now pursuing his passion with the hope of representing his country in international competition. His ultimate goal would be to compete at the Olympic level on a horse that was bred, raised and trained entirely by his family-owned Rancho Las Tres Cruces.
Alex also shows a great affinity for coaching other riders of all levels. He excels at spotting the small details that might be creating a big problem for the rider. With some background in dressage, Alex has proven to be invaluable at CCW for his ability to produce a well-schooled horse in the jumping arena.
Caci Massaro is a lifelong horse lover and Thoroughbred enthusiast. She earned her Undergraduate and Masters degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of New York. Starting her career in Advisory Services at KPMG, she has since worked with executives in the consumer, tech & media spaces to roadmap and craft innovative growth strategies that have sustained positive effects on businesses and the people they serve. Her philanthropic endeavors include work with Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, AIESEC Global Development in Vietnam.
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